Interview - Convergence if IT and A/V Technologies

Start educating yourself on the new open systems and technologies. Networking, networking, networking. If you can afford it, hire from the IT market to add that knowledge and experience to your business.

Interview - HDMI

The most tangible and immediate way that HDMI changes the way we interface with our components is in the set-up. One cable replaces up to 11 analog cables, highly simplifying the setting up of a home theater as well as supporting the aesthetics of new component design with cable simplification.

Interview - Wireless HDTV

Products using Airhook technology are designed to deliver superior picture quality in a convenient, plug and play package, so consumers will be able to easily and inexpensively connect the transmitter dongle to their set-top box and the receiver dongle to their HDTV and enjoy high-quality HD wirelessly.

Keys to Success at CES

With a little planning and preparation, you can take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that are available and still enjoy yourself.

Letters to the Editor

Let's talk quality of image and most importantly the Audio. Turn off the sound and tell me how many goose bumps you get then.

Maxtor Shared Storage II

So now when I go on a business trip all I do is grab this drive and throw it in the trunk of the car. I now have a backup of everything ... whether I need to use it or just to feel safe having it all with me. After the wildfires here in San Diego recently I think we can all relate to the need to have a backup of your stuff that is easy to grab and run with. Perhaps the manufacturer should consider putting this thing in a waterproof and fireproof box. Now that would be a nice bit of insurance that would make us all feel warm and fuzzy don't you think?

MX-810 from Universal Remote Control

Stylish new RF and IR Remote with Colour Screen icons and Fast Customization is sure to be a popular choice. The MX-810 is now available at BMB Electronics BV.

Shopping for Your Home Theater Online

The Internet is an incredibly immediate experience; spend a couple hours poking around on key sites and forums and you'll know more than most people do.

The Selling Points of Wireless Home Energy Controls

A selling point is the energy savings that wireless home controls provide homeowners. By customizing their home's electrical usage, homeowners control their energy management usage to best suit their lifestyle.

The Watch of the Future

Unlike many of the other electronics examined in Classic Home Toys, the Timex Datalink watch is alive and kicking and the watch is a credit to Timex for managing to stay ahead of the game in innovation.

Want to Go Green? Automate your Home!

Greening your home can add up to significant savings, both for you and the Earth, and adding home automation to the mix only makes your life easier!

WHY HOME AUTOMATION IS SMART, ECONOMICAL AND SAVES ENERGY

Dimming lights by 25% reduces electricity consumption by 20% and quadruples the life of light bulbs.

Working Within HDMI Protocol Boundries & Words On 1.3

In keeping with our reports and rants on the 'interesting' world of HDMI, here are more observations I've made along with facts via e-mail and phone calls with Bob Rappaport at PureLink, HDMI tech support and the DTS Pro Audio division. This may help you with any dropped signals you've had thus far.

A New way to think about Acoustics

One of the ways I correlate the kitchen to a media room is to ask the client to consider the appliances as their equipment. The cabinetry and countertops are the acoustical treatment. If you want a beautiful kitchen with natural cherry cabinets and granite countertops it's going to cost more than a Formica finished kitchen.

A Painless Primer on Cooling Electronic Components

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Home Theater and Electronics Cooling, But Didn't Know What or Who to Ask

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection